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Msg# 5089

Reviews Final as of 8/17/2005 part 5 Posted by Ainaechoiriel August 17, 2005 - 23:08:57 Topic ID# 5089
Title: The Scruff
<> Factor . Author:
> . Genres: Humor: Aragorn . ID: 293
Reviewer: daw
6> the minstrel . 2005-04-29 19:30:18 Score: 2
This was highly entertaining. The way the twins outthink themselves is
hilarious. All of the characters are well done and the humor is carried out
through the whole thing. Excellent.

Title: Dancing in the
<> Darkness .
Author: Marnie
5> . Races/Places: Cross-Cultural: Pre-War of the Ring . ID: 476
Reviewer: daw
6> the minstrel . 2005-04-29 19:30:38 Score: 5
This was beautiful and primitive and very elfy. I love seeing Celeborn tell
his grandchildren these tales. They help me too, to see how these farflung
events might have felt to those who lived through them and long after.

There's lots of little phrasing here that takes these actions out of the
ordinary: the twins walking "as if they didn't own their own bodies,"
Celeborn "feeling" the stars move. There's a bodily knowledge here that's
different from Elrond's lore.

The parallel between the twins and Celeborn's tatoo was nicely drawn.

Title: Seeds of Old
<> Trees . Author:
5> . Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Aman . ID: 478
Reviewer: daw
6> the minstrel . 2005-04-29 19:30:51 Score: 2
Lovely story. I'm so glad that Galadriel let her anger go. I liked the
seeds. I see where the title comes from and the suggestion of things beyond

Title: With Friends
<> Like These .
Author: Jay
4> of Lasgalen . Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Elves . ID: 621
Reviewer: daw
6> the minstrel . 2005-04-29 19:31:08 Score: 10
I liked both halves of this story. In Greenwood, I liked the scene with
Legolas and the wolf cubs, although the parents never seem to have found
out. And the twins didn't believe him about the spiders apparently. You
could see all the plot threads building so that everything was going to come
crashing down on Legolas at once. And he is a very believable kid, a nice
mix of trouble and uncertainty.

Interesting twin stuff. I liked the phantom pain that Elrohir was
experiencing and Elrond's complete lack of scruples in blackmailing him into
chewing the leaves. Sometimes you have to deal with kids on their own level.

Taniquel kisses Elrohir and his brother wonders how he does it! That's
great. I hope Elrohir continues to have such charm with maidens. And his
desire to be an individual was understandable. It must be tough, although
comforting, to always have someone else there.

In the scenes in Rivendell, Legolas really shows a finely developed
conscience. Thranduil should be proud of him, even if he does have to learn
not to be so hard on himself. I like your good Ada Thranduil.

Now the troll stuff was scary. I was struck by how nicely you advanced this
chapter with dialogue and actions. It came alive. It was shown, not told.
Really, really nicely done.

Loved the picture of the two fathers both worried enough that they can't
sleep. Elladan must be petrified by now. Legolas and Elrohir were very lucky
not to be really hurt or even killed.

These three did themselves proud by taking their medicine like "men" so to
speak. And then Elrohir apparently chose just the right confidante. Good for
Glorfindel. He's right. The message got across and that's what matters

Title: Along Came A
<> Spider . Author:
4> of Lasgalen . Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Mirkwood . ID: 622
Reviewer: daw
6> the minstrel . 2005-04-29 19:31:25 Score: 6
I liked the sudden arrival of Legolas -- straight from patrol but having to
report to his father. It gave a sense of life going on elsewhere that was
strange in the midst of Elrohir's suffering.

You have realistic details here that make the story more gripping -- the
fresh buising, for instance, or the cracked lips. And then later, as Elrohir
is healing, there's such a sense of realism, as if I'm seeing a real pair of
brothers move out of the infirmary and try to pick their normal lives up
again. You're patient enough to give us enough but not too much so that we
grow tired of it.

I always like to hear about the eagles. Those kind of talking, cooperating
animals are so other-worldly and magical.

Title: Namarie, <>
Elessar . Author: Joanna
5> . Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Final Partings . ID: 746
Reviewer: daw
6> the minstrel . 2005-04-29 19:31:53 Score: 1
Well written and moving depiction of a significant moment.

Title: Renewal <>
. Author: Bodkin
1> . Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gap-Filler . ID: 883
Reviewer: daw
6> the minstrel . 2005-04-29 19:32:06 Score: 2
I truly love the way your Celeborn thinks about Galadriel, Bodkin. "The
sweet greeness of her." What a lovely phrase. And I like the way they are
all dreaming of the ones who have gone before them.

Title: Dragons or
<> Ribbons .
Author: Joanna
5> . Genres: Humor: Children . ID: 443
Reviewer: daw
6> the minstrel . 2005-04-29 19:32:35 Score: 1
This was hilarious! What a good "uncle" Legolas is.

Title: Alchemy
<> . Author:
0> . Books/Time: The Silmarillion: Poetry . ID: 168
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon . 2005-04-30 23:38:38 Score: 2
I normally don't much care for poetry, either RL or Tolkien-based. But this
is an exceptional piece - the fire of creation, the artistic process, all
captured beautifully in this poem about the master-craftsman of the Noldor.

Title: Flame of
<> the West .
Author: Altariel
1> . Races/Places: Gondor: Vignette . ID: 1
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon . 2005-05-01 00:00:10 Score: 2
One of my favorite fanfic stories with Aragorn and Faramir: understated yet
heavy with emotion, and ending in hope. A pleasure to read and re-read.

Title: Requiem for
<> Boromir .
Author: maranya14
0> . Books/Time: Post-Ring War . ID: 6
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon . 2005-05-01 00:10:07 Score: 3
A Tolkienesque scene that we never got to see in ROTK; very well told. I
particularly admired the verses sung by Faramir for Boromir; they sounded
almost as if JRRT had written them himself, and were a great reminder of
Faramir's interest in music and lore....

Title: Adraefan <>
. Author: Aeneid
1> . Genres: Alternate Universe . ID: 448
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon . 2005-05-01 00:13:28 Score: 5
A sprawling epic tapestry that takes a quasi-Homeric look at the Boromir
Lives! genre of AU fanfiction. And it works; thanks to the whoosh-bang
pacing, alternating with pathos and quiet moments, and the author's
considerable flair for conveying both pain and humor. The basic humanity of
Boromir, the hobbits, Faramir, even the exiled Elves, is never forgotten.
And the scenes in Barad-dur, and the flashbacks to Boromir's torment there,
are terrifyingly vivid, yet not gratuitious...

Title: The Mark of a... <>
Warrior? . Author: Ariel
2> . Races/Places: Cross-Cultural: Humor . ID: 133
Reviewer: Werecat
> . 2005-05-01 03:03:08 Score: 3
One of the funniest pieces I've read in FFnet - or anywhere, for that
matter. OK, so it may be what some people might call as "potty humor", but
it was damn funny anyway. As I see it, it's only logical that males of all
species would act this way - I know my brothers do. I only hoped that
Gandalf would participate too... Oh, well, you can't have everything.

Title: A <>
Chief's Day . Author: Ruby
2> Nye . Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: The Shire . ID: 892
Reviewer: Marigold
> . 2005-05-01 13:09:49 Score: 4
There is such a heartwrenching sense of hopelessness here, but Lotho doesn't
realise it quite yet, or doesn't let himself. He stubbornly plods on
insisting to himself that he has things well in hand, that things are going
according to his plan, when in reality all is far beyond his control and he
is miserable, and I think has tipped over into actual insanity. Very nice
characterisation of Lotho here, pimples and all. I almost felt sorry for the
poor fellow.

Title: The
Wizard and His Pupil . Author: Acacea
6> . Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Gondor . ID: 53
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon . 2005-05-01 20:52:45 Score: 3
A lovely, understated story. I can't imagine this magical, bittersweet
moment being described any better. Gandalf and Faramir are very much in
character, and the reader can feel the mutual fondness and respect they have
for one another...

Title: Raven and
<> Gold .
Author: Acacea
6> . Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Drabble . ID: 52
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon . 2005-05-01 20:56:41 Score: 1
A short but sweet snapshot of one of my favorite moments in ROTK. Well done!

Title: No Peace for
<> the Living .
Author: faramir_boromir
0> . Books/Time: Post-Ring War: Gondor . ID: 613
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon . 2005-05-01 21:00:58 Score: 3
A great short story that beautifully blends Faramir's sorrow and loneliness
with his determination to prepare for Aragorn's rule. Faramir's errand to
the place of his father's death to find the crown for the Returned King is
skillfully written.

Title: Debbie Does the
<> Two Towers .
Author: Gypsie
2> Rose . Genres: Humor . ID: 896
Reviewer: Raksha
8> the Demon . 2005-05-01 21:05:56 Score: 1
Great parody! Will there be any male left in M-e who has not enjoyed
Debbie's favors by the time she, and you, are done?

Title: Hand in Hand <> . Author:
3> . Books/Time: Gap-Filler: Hobbits . ID: 888
Reviewer: Cuthalion
7> . 2005-05-02 03:57:49 Score: 7
This is one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking stories about a young
Frodo, his uncle/ cousin Bilbo and their reaction when Frodo's parents die.
Bilbo mets his latter heir on the funeral of Drogo and Primula Baggins and
watches the boy's grief:

"Something small and cold slid into my half-raised hand, and I froze.
Without looking down I could sense that it was someone's hand. Frodo's hand.
His clammy fingers gripped and tugged weakly at mine panic fear and went
limp trust relief when my hand closed protectively around them safe you are
safe I am here."

This precious little vignette is wonderfully written and sensitively told,
and it lasts in the mind of reader for days - a proof for the art of the
author to unravel feelings and explain situation with an astonishing depth.
And again a proof how wonderful someone can be able to use a language
without being a native.

Title: Prayer
<> .
Author: illyria-pffyffin
3> . Books/Time: Gap-Filler: Hobbits . ID: 887
Reviewer: Cuthalion
7> . 2005-05-02 04:06:03 Score: 10
This was the very first tale I read by this author ( when I strolled through
the new entries of WOTM). And I ended up with a handkerchief, dabbing my
overflowing eyes and frantically typing an email to ask a totally strange
person if she would give me the permission to translate this little, tender
marvel into german.

It is told from Merry's POV; he sits beside the bed of his cousin Frodo who
has just been saved by the eagles. But it seems as if his heroic deed should
lead to a bitter end - Frodo doesn't wake up and gets weaker every day. His
friends seem to give up, and Merry seeks help where he never seeked it
before. But as time goes on, he doubts if he does his deeply beloved cousin
a real favor:

"Should I have done it differently? Should I say something other than my
own selfish pleas? Should put my lifetime happiness, my entire soul, my own
life as an offering? Should I, perhaps, start praying for myself, begging
for strength to find life when you are gone, asking for the courage to
accept your death with resignation and be glad over your release? I don't
know. I don't know. My world now is your face, thin and ravaged, before
me, and the words of my prayer, now frantic and mechanical."

Written with great love and understanding, and with an end that breaks the
reader's heart with a mixture of joy and sorrow. Utterly, utterly beautiful
(like weverything this enormously gifted author creates).

Title: Five Things <> That Never
Happened to Faramir & Eowyn . Author: Altariel
1> . Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Drabble . ID: 39
Reviewer: Nancy
5> Brooke . 2005-05-02 16:04:30 Score: 2
Interesting ... a very provocative perspective. I loved the curt but
descriptive style except for the opening line of several - too much like

Title: Bittersweet
=466178cd3479a0f686f348cef575786a> . Author: Vistula
3> the Dunadan . Genres: Drama (includes Angst): Drabble . ID: 43
Reviewer: Nancy
5> Brooke . 2005-05-02 16:06:47 Score: 1
Uneasy about this one; it is lovely but doesn't ultimately amount to much -
doesn't say anything new.

Title: Dark
<> Memory .
Author: Forodwaith
> . Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Drabble . ID: 46
Reviewer: Nancy
5> Brooke . 2005-05-02 16:09:36 Score: 3
Nice; a deceptively simple scene in which a great deal is told about
friendship and the two men involved. This is an excellent example of a
drabble since it accomplishes so much within the framework of the form. Also
loved your characterizations.

Title: There
<> And Back
Again . Author: Azalais
7> . Books/Time: The Hobbit: Drabble . ID: 51
Reviewer: Nancy
5> Brooke . 2005-05-02 16:16:07 Score: 2
Ho Ho! Nicely done. Your style is so easy it doesn't ever feel like a
drabble, per se. Bilbo's character is, in my opinion, spot on and very
amusing. Well done.

Title: Raven and
<> Gold .
Author: Acacea
6> . Books/Time: The Lord of The Rings: Drabble . ID: 52
Reviewer: Nancy
5> Brooke . 2005-05-02 16:17:49 Score: 1
Very sweet. Very simple yet your characterizations are clearly drawn even so
briefly. Well Done.

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